About the Artist
RB McGrath Artist/ Painter
Painting style: Eclectic. Contemporary Realism, Impressionism, Abstract
Portraiture, Still Life, Landscape and Marine
Awards: 2012 - City Council, City of Jacksonville
Award of Appreciation: "for your love of art and music expressed to your City,
State, and Nation through canvas and paint brush, that
helps to create a more human world."
Gary Fletcher, Mayor
2011 - Winner - The Royals Art Race, sponsored by Ovation Television
for "Self Portrait, The Artist as Queen Elizabeth I"
2009 - FAA Howard Shull Int'l Portrait Competition - First Place
2007 - Winner - Empty Bowls Cover Art. L.R., AR
2006 - Quadruple Award Winner - ASF Creative Arts Competition, AR
Best in Show - Trail Rider
First Place - Landscape
First Place - Still Life
First Place - Trompe L'oeil for Still Life - Violin
Commercial Art Projects:
Cover Art - Still Life with Radio, Wine and Fruit for Radio Time, Poems by
2009-2014 New Hampshire Poet Laureate W.E. Butts
Published by: Cherry Grove Collections. 2011
Cover Design and Photography for "Third Time's A Charm"
Alan Storeygard Trio Jazz CD. Released May 2nd, 2010.
Cover: Portrait of Alan Storeygard. Back cover: photographic portrait of
the Alan Storeygard Trio. Booklet: Photographic portraits of:
Dave Rogers-Drummer, Brian Wolverston-Bassist and Broadway Star
Lawrence Hamilton - vocalist.
Shows: Wealth Management, Inc. Presents - The Art of RB McGrath
2010 Winter Art Exhibit and Wine Event. Solo show. March 5, 2010
Articles: Paintings. A Collection of the Works of RB McGrath. Blurb Publishing. 2011
ICON The Art of RB McGrath. Blurb Publishing - 2009
Anthology of Friends. Vol. 5 - 2009 - Micheal Riffel, Author
Anthology of Friends, Vol. 4 - 2009 - Micheal Riffel, Author
Selected Corporate and Public Collections:
William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, Choctaw Bldg. Clinton Presidential Center. Little Rock, AR
City of Jacksonville, Arkansas. City Hall
Governor's Mansion Permanent Collection, State of Arkansas, Little Rock
Central Arkansas Library System Public Collection
Performance Food Group - Little Rock, AR
Selected Private Collections:
Mr. and Mrs. David Stoos. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mayor Gary Fletcher and Mrs. Glenda Fletcher, Jacksonville, AR
Joe Copeland, Regional President, Performance Food Group, and Lynn Copeland, L.R., AR
Joan Tyler Zumwalt collection, Jacksonville, AR
Dr. Alan and Paula Storeygard, Jacksonville, AR
Salvatore Moltisanti - IBLA Foundation - New York
Sherman Banks, Banks Int'l Consulting, Little Rock, AR
Collection of Roger and JoAnn Utley, Sherwood, AR
Collection of Bill and Saundra Buchannan Gethz - The Dalles, Oregon
Theresa Everett - Washington, D.C.
Charles and Sherry Vanlandingham - N.L.R., AR
Robert and Tommi Fell -N.L.R., AR
Lou and Gloria Lewonowski - Jacksonville, AR
Robert E. and Mary Carlson - Montgomery, AL
Anita Cross - N.L.R., AR
Barbara Rhine Collection - Wilmington, Deleware
Collection of Mrs. Mary Ford - Austin, AR
Robert Murphy Collection - St. John's, NFLD
Darrin and Kathleen King - England, AR
Tom and Mary Henry - Little Rock, AR
RB McGrath was born in a fishing village named Branch in St. Mary's Bay on the southern coast of the Avalon penninsula on the island of Newfoundland. Born to a Newfoundland Mother and an American Air Force Father, the family transferred from Newfoundland to Jacksonville, Arkansas when McGrath was fourteen years of age.
McGrath's artistic pursuits began in the 1980's where in Boston the artist painted a large mural entitled "Mother Earth" for a facility at Northeastern University. In recent years McGrath's "Portrait of President William Jefferson Clinton in Profile" has been installed in the Clinton Foundation offices of the Choctaw Building at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. The artist's Portrait of Governor Mike Beebe is now part of the Mansion Permanent collection, also in Little Rock. McGrath works are in public, private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada including an entire collection of city landscapes now installed in a permanent exhibit at City Hall in Jacksonville, Arkansas courtesy of the Joan Zumwalt Collection. In 2013 the City Council of Jacksonville unveiled McGrath's first public art project: the design of the Fallen Hero's Memorial Garden to be located on the grounds of the new Fire and Police facility in Jacksonville. In 2010 McGrath's "Portrait of Salvatore Moltisanti", Founder and President of the IBLA Foundation, was installed in the IBLA Foundation Headquarters in New York City.
McGrath's current project is a thirty piece collection of works entitled SHIFT - A Paradigm of Masters of the Arts, in which the Artist is painting portraits of other Artists. The exhibit will include past masters of the genres of visual and musical arts along side current, contemporary masters who McGrath believes will dominate the next century of high arts. The collection will include portraits of Freud, Picasso, Warhol and other past contemporary masters, alongside current emerging masters including Richard Miceli of New York, Mike Street of Los Angeles, Craig Sibley of Santa Monica, CA, Elin Kolev of Germany, Patrick Gallo of Brooklyn, NY, Oscar Saenz III of San Antonio and others. The collection is scheduled to be completed in late 2013.
An avid amateur musician, McGrath also plays violin and cello as part of a seven member string ensemble, and is a prolific supporter of visual arts and music education. The Artist' long term goal is the creation of a Jacksonville Center for the Arts which will house a museum of fine art with a permanent collection, an art school, a music school, and a performance hall that will be the permanent home of a Jacksonville Community Orchestra.
Copyright RBMcGrath 2013. All rights reserved
Self Portrait 2008. Winner of the Howard Shull Int't FAA Portrait Competition 2009.
33" x 66", oil on canvas
Portrait of William Jefferson Clinton in Profile
35.5 x 48". Oil on cavas
Clinton Presidential Center, Clinton Foundation
Little Rock, Arkansas
Mona Lisa, after Leonardo
21x30 inches. Oil on wood support
RB McGrath 2012
RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie
20 x 24 inches. Oil on canvas
RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie
Arc Angel Micheal and the Mermaid
30 x 40 inches. Acrylic and oil on canvas
RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie
Still Life of Violin.
24x30". Oil on canvas
RB McGrath 2006
Currently being offered at $1.5 million